A Poet and the Gift of Blindness

Presented by Ann-Chadwell Humphries.

Humphries sees with more than her eyes; she perceives with her entire being—signature of a stride, voices as distinct as thumbprints, memory as toned and sleek as an elite athlete, blended with sense of humor and common sense. Ann’s sensory inventory infuses her poetry, which in turn operates as a vehicle for sense to explore the world around her. Humphries prefers to compose in poetic forms—”I get lost in prose”—form gives her boundaries of line breaks, rhyme, and rhythm; yet she will break form to spring a surprise, rife with sensory detail. In this presentation, audiences will learn about the power of their own voices and how poetry can be a sense through which they explore their own world, regardless of background, ability, or identity.

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